On March 6, at the Lexus Club at PNC Park, KDKA Radio, with Larry Richert as host, honored a new group of Hometown Heroes and Hazel Jackson was one of them.  Hometown Heroes are those who make a difference in the region, but don’t ask for anything in return.

Frank Coonelly was the special guest speaker, along with Jason Braase, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project and who was injured in Iraq in 2005. Jackson is a Former Home Economics Teacher who created a Food Service Ministry at St. James AME Church and is dedicated to training youth to prepare, cook, display and serve food within the community.

Several of the participants of the program say they have learned far more than preparing food. They have learned discipline, commitment and life lessons.

Andrew Coleman III said he has learned how to artfully display food and what food is good for what occasion. The Food Service Ministry serves dinner every fourth Sunday at St. James AME Church from 1- 6 p.m.

The other Hometown Heroes are:

•Anne Davis—Founder, executive director and instructor at Horses with Hope, a nonprofit therapeutic riding and education center for children and adults with disabilities

•Monica Michna—For her unprecedented strides in aiding the disabled and veteran community in the Greater Pittsburgh area as the Chapter President of Achilles International

•Terrie Suica-Reed—Founder, president and CEO of Phase 4 Learning Center, a school for inner city kids lost in the public education system. Their mission is to provide an education for at-risk youth that focuses on their academic, social, behavioral and future needs.

•Megs Yunn—Founder of Beverly’s Birthdays, a nonprofit group that provides birthdays for children in local homeless shelters around the region.

Larry’s Heroes annually honors five individuals making a difference within our community within the prior year. Heroes are nominated by their peers and are ordinary individuals who are making a difference and changing lives. Each hero was honored at the dinner and given a $1000 donation to give to a charity of their choice.

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